Since reading Caroline Hirons many posts on skincare routines, it has become a vital part of my daily life to make sure that every night I take my make up off and cleanse my skin. However, Caroline Hirons is very much about splashing out and and using the very best products for your skin. As a 20 something year old recent graduate it is not always possible to spend a lot of money on skincare, therefore I have come up with a daily routine that works perfectly for me using only budget friendly skincare. This routine is what I have been using all throughout the winter when my skin is at its driest and it has done wonders keeping my face hydrated and plumped. You don’t need to spend big to get quality skincare, you just need to find the products for your skin.
For my first cleanse to remove the majority of my make up, I use Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. This is a lovely and smooth creamy cleanser that I massage onto my face and then wipe off with a warm, damp flannel. This cleanser is great for any skin type and is free from mineral oils (mineral oils can cause breakouts for some skin types). It does a great job to remove most of your make up ready for your second cleanse. Now, for the second cleanse I can either use the Good things Cleanser again or, most of the time, I use the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. This balm is perfect for a second cleanse, particularly for skin that can be a bit on the drier side, as it really feels like it’s working its way into the skin. After the first cleanse I pat dry my face and then massage the Balm into my skin for about 2 minutes. Again, I then wipe off the product with a warm, damp flannel, making sure it is all removed from my face. I have read that some people do not like the ‘oily film’ that is left on the skin by this product but I personally like it and find it to be moisturising and good for when my skin is feeling dry.
After I have cleansed my face, I always make sure that I moisturise before I go to bed. My favourite bedtime moisturiser at the moment is the Garnier Moisture Restore Night Care Cream. This product is brilliant for skin that has been destroyed by the dry winter weather as it restores my face to it’s natural state. Another little gem budget find from Ebay is the Argan Oil Night Repair Serum. I use this serum once a week (or after I have used a drying face mask) to put the moisture back into my skin as the argan oil rejuvenates the skin without feeling heavy.
Although this routine works wonders for my skin, it is not to say that it will be the same for everyone. However, incorporating some of these products into your routine can help you save money without forfeiting on quality products.